Candan Tamerler, Ph.D. was elected as President of the Turkish American Scientists & Scholars Association (TASSA). Dr. Tamerler is a Wesley G. Cramer Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Kansas School of Engineering.
Dr. Tamerler received her Ph.D. from Bogazici University and was a Full Professor at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). While at ITU, Professor Tamerler founded and served as the Director of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Research Center, a multi-disciplinary initiative involving faculty members from the College of Engineering as well as the College of Arts and Science. She is also a Principal Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Tamerler joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2013. She was previously a Research Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and Assistant Director of the Genetically-Engineered Materials Science & Engineering Center, an NSF MRSEC, at the University of Washington. Prior to that, she was a Full Professor at Istanbul Technical University, and also served as the Chair of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department at ITU between 2002 and 2010, concurrently holding a Visiting Professor position in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington.
While at ITU, Professor Tamerler founded and served as the Director of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Research Center, a multi-disciplinary initiative involving faculty members from the College of Engineering as well as the College of Arts and Science. She was also instrumental in raising the funds for the construction of the 40,000 sq. ft. building that houses the ITU Center, as well as for the research conducted within the Center.
Dr. Tamerler’s research interests are in molecular biomimetics, bio-nanotechnology, and bio-enabled materials science. She has published over 90 refereed journal articles, 30 conference proceedings, as well as 5 book chapters and patents. She has organized several symposia and conferences including those sponsored by the American Chemical Society, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), and the Materials Research Society. Dr. Tamerler has been awarded visiting scientist and professorship positions at the University of Westminster and the University of Nagoya, respectively, and is a Principal Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences.
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